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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ryde's Australian Chinese lad who died during WWI - the 13th weekly tale

As the the 2015 Centenary of the Anzac landing draws closer The Northern District Times continues to publish our stories of World War One service from the Ryde District.

This story tells of the loss of Arthur Ernest Tipp. He was the only son of Australian Chinese parents,William and Alice Tipp. Arthur was born and lived in Ryde, NSW, but both his parents were born in Victoria and both descend from Chinese families who arrived at the time of the Victorian gold rushes. One grandfather was prominent Melbourne merchant, Lowe Meng Kong.

Arthur had embarked for the Western Front with the 13th Reinforcements of the 20th Battalion. in 1916. He was killed in action during October 1917 near Ypres, at Poelcapelle, Belgium.

For may years after his death his grieving parents annually placed 'In Memorium'  notices in the Sydney Morning Herald for their son and others from his battalion, and also for his best comrade Frank (Paddy) Hicks, who was also killed in May 1917.

Week 13 :  7 January 2015 - The Northern District Times, page 17 - the story of ARTHUR TIPP, Service No: 5099.

Chinese Australian dies for his country
[if you click on the title -- it should take you to the on-line edition of the newspaper]

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